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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:15 pm

It is always nice to drive on the smaller roads, you get the feeling of its only you and that you are in Africa. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to tell you what happened to the lion you refer to. The springbok might have realised that he was not strong and they took their chance to give back what he used to hand out.
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Bibronsgecko » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:53 pm

Hey...
Yes,you are absolutly right..You sort of blend in with the nature...

That is sad about the lion but that is the circle of life... :cry:
Haha...yes now he knows how they feel... :lol:

The best thing of Rooiputs is the minute the hundreds of barking geckos start to call..with the sun setting over the western horizon.. :cam: and the Kalahari wind blowing..giving me goose bumps..

What i have realized is that there are many cape fox in the Rooiputs area and fewer in the Nossob and Mata Mata area...

Thanx again for the reply...

When we were there in Aprli last year we saw a Male lion with a very bad eye...do you know about him??? :hmz:

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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:55 am

I have seen the male lion you have mentioned at Rooiputs, it seems that he also tried to kill a porcupine and had plenty quills in his mouth and neck. What happened to him I honestly don’t know.
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Bibronsgecko » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:39 pm

hi..
Yes i think that can be the cause...

How often do you see the leopard at samevloeiing???

Thanx for the answer..
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Ferdelance » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:33 am

Hi everyone.

Hope I'm on the right thread to be asking some general questions?

Unfortunatly I've only ever traveled east for my birding trips and have deceided to break the 'habit' this year! I want to go to Kalagadi for a few nights in October. I just have a few "unknowns" !

1. I've heard that the roads are really bad there for sedans. How bad is bad? Would I be able to drive around in an Audi, all be it slowly? I'm birding so no speeding anyway..... 8)

2. Driving from Pretoria I'm thinking of sleeping over some where for one night. Would it be advisable to stop over in Upington for one night? As you can see I've never been west.... :redface:

3. Any suggestions as to where the birding is better between Mata Mata and Nossob? :cam:

4. Can I get basic things in the shops such as fire wood, lighters, meat, beer, toilet rolls etc? How well prepared do I need to be? :whistle:

Thank you in advance for the help.... :thumbs_up:
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Dotty » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:09 pm

From what I read you are going to enjoy Ferdelance ... I have no doubt you will get some answers but
till then try the index (link in my sig) :thumbs_up:
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:22 pm

@ Bibronsgecko,

Currently the area around Twee Rivieren and two or three waterholes in the Aoub is the place for leopards. The leopard at Samevloeiing is seen about twice every week and then the same with the leopards towards Leeuwdril.

@Ferdelance,

During the raining season the roads are in a bad state but only because the guys cant grade or drag the roads due to wet conditions and large pools of water on the roads.
If you plan to visit the park during the raining season I would not suggest in a sedan as there are pools of water where you would get through unless the tractor pulls you through.

It is about a 10 hour drive from PTA so you will be able to make the park, if you would like to sleep over there are some nice places in Upington.

Currently the birding in the Aoub river is amazing due to all the water and the insects coming out, Nossob also has the fair share of lifers which visit the park.

As for the shops i would suggest you buy all your goodies in Upington to avoid disappointment.

Hope it helps
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Bibronsgecko » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:19 pm

KG..
Thanx for the tip..

Will keep an eye open for them... :dance:

@Ferdelance..
We visited the Kgalagadi in Des. we saw more Vultures,Eagles and Goshawks in the Nossob area..
But with all the rain at the MataMAta area...im not sure witch is beter... :huh:

Hope you enjoy your stay..
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers - what to do in case...?

Unread postby AlfaCharlieFoxtrott » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:30 pm

My husband and I will be visiting KTP and Augrabies Falls National Park in April 2011 for the very first time. This forum and posting are very, very helpful in preparing our trip. However I have 2 more questions related to basic rules to adhere to while visiting the the parks. For many of you the answers to my questions might be obvious but we live in a big city in central Europe and we've been asking ourselves:
- what to do in case the car breaks down while driving in the NP
- what do if a "big" animal / predator is blocking the road and does not show any sign of moving away any time soon.

Looking forward to your answers
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby yvo » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:30 pm

Hello AlfaCharlieFoxtrott,
and Welcome!
1- In that case I would wait that a car passes to ask for help. There are not a lot of roads in KTP and still a car which will pass at instant or other one.
2- Just look and .... wait ! :D
I hope it's help !
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby bambazonke » Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:09 pm

hi all

yvo

make sure your mobile is charged and whatever camp you are staying at make sure you have the
number of the Reception, so if you should unfortunately break down or have a flat tyre you can at least try and phone the camp.

Most the the large animals in KTP don't try and hog the road except early morning or late afternoon, during the hotter times they tend to seek shade. Just keep a sharp lookout if you get out of your car at designated areas.
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:26 pm

@AlfaCharlieFoxtrott,

Wery warm welcome to the forum, hope you have a great time here.

To answer your questions:

1 . There is not cell phone reception throughout the park, so as mentioned you can pass a message to the closest camp by a passing guest (Or Bushman with a stick :roll: ), the golden rule (except for stay in your vehicle) would be to hand your permit in at the camp gate every morning and write up your planned route - if it happens that you do not return to camp we as staff have an idea where you have gone and we will send out a search party.

2. If there are predators blocking the road they don’t do that for long (don’t try to move them out of the road), the best thing is to enjoy the moment and take plenty of pictures for your Trip Report.



Hope this helps
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby AlfaCharlieFoxtrott » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:45 pm

Dear yvo, bambazonke and Kgalagadi Guru,

thank you so much for your quick and comprehensive answers.

Can't wait to come to KTP!

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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby yvo » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:19 pm

Hi AlfaCharlieFoxtrott,
Be careful , KTP is an addictive place !
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread postby Bibronsgecko » Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:20 pm

Hi KG

We are going to visit the Rooiputs camp end of march,and i just have a few questions??

1. Is the road still closed between rooiputs and TR
2. Is it true that lions won't walk through the camp when it is busy??
3. If you want to do a walk from rooiputs,how late may we drive if you start the walk 30min BEFORE gate opening time???

i Can't wait... :dance:

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